Choctaw Cultural Center

Preserving the Choctaw history and culture through strategic MEP systems

The Choctaw Cultural Center is a new facility built to explore and showcase the culture and history of the Choctaw Nation. The 100,000 SF space brings an outdoor living village, stickball field, traditional mound, an auditorium, children’s area, classrooms, offices, a gift shop, kitchen, cafe and two exhibit halls.

Told from the Choctaw perspective, the exhibits create an immersive experience honoring the spiritual and physical journey of the Choctaw people. The permanent exhibit hall is a multi-part story focusing on the history of the Choctaw people from ancestral times to the present day. A temporary exhibit houses traveling exhibits and artifacts.

The Choctaw Cultural Center is a secure, state-of-the-art, climate-controlled area built to house and care for the center’s collection pieces, cultural items and other significant documents. A storage area, built to withstand tornado-force winds, was constructed to preserve important artifacts during major weather events in the area.

EXP provided building engineering services through the planning, design and construction phases with a focus on mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design for artifact preservation and severe weather events. Humidifiers and a dedicated outside air system were installed throughout the artifact storage/display areas to tightly control temperature and humidity. The MEP equipment can withstand tornado-force winds and maintain HVAC control within the critical artifact storage areas. Additionally, a generator and backup generator provide critical power during a major storm event.



Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Commissioning

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